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As the critical global warming conference looms, Michael McCarthy detects a new atmosphere which suggests that a significant agreement can still be achieved

Norway and Guyana sign rainforest deal

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Copenhagen in the balance

The UN is to hold a conference in Copenhagen next month that it hopes will lead to a dramatic shift in the world's attitude to climate change.

Bureaucrats clash on shape of climate deal

The devil is in the detail ahead of next month's summit, as representatives of 192 countries struggle to reconcile their often conflicting priorities. Michael McCarthy reports

False Dawn, By John Gray

Events since False Dawn was first published in 1998 would seem to bear out John Gray's thesis that global capitalism leads not to universal prosperity but to chaos. In chapters on the US, Russia, China, Japan and developing countries, Gray shows again and again that laissez-faire capitalism is the problem, not the solution. On virtually every page there is some insight that makes you think: for instance, Gray points out that America's unemployment figures look far better than they are if you factor in the US prison population of more than a million.

Leading article: A deal on climate change must not be postponed

There needs to be top-level political engagement in Copenhagen

Alistair Darling: There are substantial barriers to a climate deal

At Copenhagen in December, nations must agree about the future of the planet's climate. The richest nations need to make radical changes – but the developing countries do too, and they will need our help if they are to deliver the emissions cuts required. Climate finance is vitally important, and something we will address at the G20 meeting of finance ministers in St Andrews this weekend.

Britain rules out climate treaty at summit

Officials say major powers too far apart for legal deal in Copenhagen next month

Giant climate deal is too little says UN chief

The giant cash deal to save the planet – proposed by Europe for the forthcoming Copenhagen climate conference – will not be enough, the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, said today.

The unwanted equation: poverty vs climate change

The proposed Copenhagen climate treaty has plenty of jargon – "mitigation" and "adaptation" are two examples already given. But the key word may yet turn out to be "additionality".

PM hails EU climate fund 'breakthrough'

Europe to propose &pound;90bn support package ahead of key Copenhagen talks

Brown hails 'breakthrough' in climate talks

Gordon Brown declared a "breakthrough" in climate change talks today as EU leaders named the price of tackling carbon emissions.

Historic chance to halt the scourge of deforestation

In the first of a landmark series on issues behind the climate summit, Michael McCarthy explains why a 'Redd' treaty is vital to cut CO2

Brown warns of climate change catastrophe

Gordon Brown warned today of a "catastrophe" for the planet if action to tackle climate change is not agreed at forthcoming UN talks on global warming.

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